13 March 2014

Rwanda: Technology Key to Development - Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that leveraging opportunities in science and technology contributes to building capacity across key sectors for development.

The Head of State said this while giving a keynote address during the closing ceremony of a two-day conference on Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation. The event, under the theme: "Accelerating Africa's Aspirations", brought together ministers of education, scholars, and the private sector from across the continent.

"Science, technology, research and innovation are critical enablers that shape socio-economic transformation of nations" President Kagame said, but added that the number of students enrolled in science, engineering and technology in Africa is still low.

Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, challenged African youth to formulate African solutions to African challenges and praised President Kagame for teaching policy makers much about implementation and results.

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